little pitcher

little pitcher

A child. Primarily used in the phrase "little pitchers have big ears," meaning children hear everything, especially when you least expect them to. (The "ear" of a water pitcher is the handle.) Please watch what you say around the kids—little pitchers have big ears, you know. A: "Where did Susie learn such an inappropriate word?" B: "Who knows. Little pitchers like her tend to hear all sorts of things."
See also: little, pitcher
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